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The Donner Party


Dramatic Opera in 3 acts; libretto (English) by Maria Woodward
Based on the prize winning book by George Keithley

Duration: 2 hours, 10 minutes

14 singers: 2 sopranos, 2 mezzo-sopranos, 1 contralto, 3 tenors,
1 tenor buffo,3 baritones, 2 basses, with chorus of men, women and children.

2 Fl. (2 dbl. Picc.), Ob., 2 Cl., Bn.,
2 Hn., Trpt., Trb., Tuba
Timp. + 2
Harp, Celeste, Organ, Banjo,
Strings

Difficult

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Tamsen Donner


Concert version of The Donner Party in 2 acts (suitable for semi-staging)

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

5 singers: soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone, bass
with 2 children, chorus, originnal orchestraltion

Difficult

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Song of Pegasus


Fantasy opera in 2 acts; libretto (English) by Maria Woodward
Based on the book In Noah’s Ark by Rumer Godden

Duration: l hour, 30 minutes

6 singers: soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, 2 baritones, bass, with chorus of animal
6 bit roles (may be chorus personnel)

Fl., Ob., Cl., Bn.
2 Hr., Trpt.
Timp. + 2
Harp, Celeste
Strings

Moderately difficult; suitable for college-level performers

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Concert Version

I hour with Two-pianos accompaniment

The Audition of Molly Bloom


Scena ed Aria (Opera Buffo) from Ulysses by James Joyce

Duration: 12’

Actor, Mezzo-soprano, Clarinet, Viola or Cello and Piano

Moderately difficult; suitable for college-level performers

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CHAMBER
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Sonata for Violin and Piano

Duration: 15 ‘

Difficult

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String Quartet No. 1 (Pegasus)

Duration: 18’

Difficult

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String Quartet No. 2 (Windows)
with Soprano

versions high or low voice, with piano accompaniment

On poems of Cavafy: Windows; By the Open Window; Afternoon Sun; Ode and Elegy.

Duration: 12’

Difficult

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Trio for Harp, Flute and Viola

Duration: 12’ 30’’

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Serenade for Piano, Violin and Cello (Trio)

Duration: 12’

Difficult

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Sonata for Two-Pianos and Percussion (Christmas)

Duration: 18’

Timp. + 1
Two pianos

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Lear Music, A Dramatic Suite for Wind Instruments, Percussion and 2 Speakers

Duration: 26’

With spoken parts for King Lear and Cordelia; 5 Scenes with introduction and 4 interludes

Fl., Cl., 2Hn., 2 Trpt., Trb.
Timp + 1
Harp

Difficult

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Daughter of Lear

Version of Lear Music with singing parts for Lear (tenor) and Cordelia (soprano)

Duration: 26’

Fl., Cl., 2Hn., 2 Trpt., Trb.
Timp + 1
Harp

Difficult

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From the Book of Love

On poems of Blanche Shoemaker: Vocalize; You are like a million birds; I walk alone;
It rains, beloved; To love you like a midnight storm; I see you coming toward me.

Duration: 15’

soprano, violin or flute, and piano

Difficult

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Emily Dickinson’s American Garden Songbook

Version with piano accompaniment
second version with Soprano, Horn, and Piano.

Nine songs on poems of Emily Dickinson: Into my garden come; A Clover; The Rose; Anemone; A Spider and a Flower; A Caterpillar; Would you like to buy a flower? Dandelions; The Gentian.

Duration: 13’

Soprano, Violin, Clarinet and Piano

Difficult
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The Songs of Pegasus

Suite of 5 songs from the Pegasus opera: I Am Poetry; Serenade; Once I was Young; Little Drops of Water; A Fable.

Duration: 10’

Soprano, Violin and Cello

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Century Songs

Version with piano accompaniment

Duration: 8’

On poems of Robert Louis Stevenson: What Man May Learn & Gates of Gold
mezzo-soprano and piano
The Household Muse & Not Yet My Soul
duets for mezzo-soprano, baritone and piano

string quartet and flute

Difficult

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ORCHESTRA

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Symphony No. 1 (Winter Scenes)

First Snow, Winter Solstice, Blizzard, Winter’s End

Duration: 24’

2 Fl. (2 dbl. Picc.), Ob., 2 Cl., Bn.
2 Hn., Trpt., Trb., Tuba
Timp. + 2
Harp, Celeste, Organ, Banjo,
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Moderately difficult

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Second Symphony (Lear)

Passacaglia, Fugue, Fanfares and Lament, Finale

Duration: 20'

2 Fl. (2 dbl. Picc.), 2 Ob., 2 Cl., 2 Bn.
4 Hn., 2 Trpt., 2 Trb., Tuba
Timp. + 2
Harp
Piano
Strings

Difficult

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Legend for Orchestra

Ballet in one act (Prelude with 8 scenes)

Duration: 20’

2 fl., Ob., 2 Cl., 2 Bn.
2 Hr., Trpt., Trb.
Timp. + 2
Harp
Piano
Strings

Moderately difficult

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Fantasia for Strings

string orchestra with string quartet

Duration: 14’

Difficult

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Marinsong

string orchestra

Duration: 10’

Moderately difficult (suitable for college-level players)

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Legend of Sleepy Hollow

version for two-pianos

Fantasy for orchestra with narrator (optional)

Duration: 22’

2 Fl., 2 Ob., 2 Cl., 2 Bn.
3 Hr., 2 Trpt., 3 Trb.
Timp.
Piano
Strings

Not difficult (suitable for high school players)
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Adagietto for Strings

string orchestra

Duration: 5’

Moderately difficult

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CONCERTI

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Concerto for Harp and Orchestra

Duration: 14’

2Fl., Ob., 2 Cl., 2 Bn.
2 Hn., Trpt., Trb.
Perc.
Strings

Difficult

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Concerto for Viola and Orchestra (Fantasy Variations)

Duration: 18’

2 Fl. (2 dbl. on Picc.) 2 Ob., 2 Cl., 2 Bn.
2 Hn., 2 Trpt., 2 Trb., Tuba
Timp. + 2
Strings

Second Version for Violin

Difficult

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Christmas Concerto for Piano and Orchestra

Duration: 18’

2Fl., 2 Ob., 2 Cl., 2 Bn.
3 Hn., 2 Trpt., 3 Trb., Tuba
Timp. + 2
Strings
(second piano reduction)

Difficult

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Concerto Baroque (Concertino)

for piano and string orchestra
also for piano and string quartet (second piano reduction)

Duration: 9’

Moderately difficult (suitable for high school players)

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Concerto Breve (Concertino)

for piano and string orchestra with woodwinds
(second piano reduction)

Duration: 7’

Not difficult (suitable for intermediate players)

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Songs

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Windows

high or low voice, with piano accompaniment

Duration: 12’

Difficult

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Century Songs

mezzo-soprano and baritone, with piano accompaniment
Duration: 8’

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Emily Dickinson’s American Garden Songbook

Soprano, with piano accompaniment

Duration: 13’

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PIANO

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Suite for Piano

Prelude, Fugue, Chorale, Burlesque, Toccata

Duration: 15’

Difficult

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Les Hommages

24 preludes in 24 keys

Duration: 50’

Two preludes each in the styles of Poulenc, Satie, Prokofieff, Stravinsky,
Chopin, Berg, Joplin, Fauré, Bartók. Gershwin, Liszt, and Ravel

Very Difficult

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Sonata for Two Pianos (Four Hands in Three Movements)

Duration: 12’

Difficult

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Sonata (Christmas)

The Night Before Christmas; Silent Night; Sleigh Jinks.

Duration: 18’

Difficult

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CHORAL

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Dickinson Dialogue

On poems of Emily Dickinson
Duration: 8’

Mixed chorus and girls chorus and orchestra

2 Fl., 2 Ob., 2 Cl., 2 Bn.
2 Hn., 2 Trpt., 2 Trb., Tuba
Organ
Strings

Moderately difficult (suitable for high school performers)

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Campfire Songs

3 songs from The Donner Party: The Big Blue River; Summer Has Ended; Three Weeks in September.

mixed chorus and orchestra or piano

Moderately difficult (suitable for high school performers)

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CHILDREN
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Legend of Sleepy Hollow

For two pianos with narrator (optional)

Duration: 15’

Not difficult (suitable for high school players

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In Noah’s Ark

version for girl’s chorus

book by Rumer Godden

Duration: 20’

The animal chorus sings 9 songs from the opera Song of Pegasus, for children’s chorus,

Not difficult

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The Night before Christmas

a cappella, setting for Clement Clark Moore’s classic Christmas poem

Duration: 5’

for girl’s chorus

Moderately difficult

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